CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997
Officials say they should be able to correct by early next week the problems caused by a computer virus that has infected some databases in the Los Angeles Public Library. The virus has affected an online reference system known as the Virtual Library since Feb. 12, denying patrons at 18 of the city's 66 branch libraries access to databases ranging from periodicals to investment information, said Bob Reagan, a library spokesman. "We don't know how the virus got in there," Reagan said Wednesday.
May 7, 1999 |
The virus responsible for dozens of deaths in Congo is not Ebola but Marburg, a related hemorrhagic fever probably transmitted by bats or rats, Congolese and World Health Organization officials said Thursday. Blood samples taken from the victims, mainly gold miners, were tested in South Africa by virologists, who concluded that the Marburg virus was responsible, Gregory Hartl of WHO said in Geneva. "It is a virus very closely related to Ebola," he said.
April 27, 2002 |
Reports of new infections by an unidentified, potentially fatal virus declined, prompting the Greek government to lift restrictions meant to stop the virus' spread. Three people have died. Health Minister Alexandros Papadopoulos said only two new cases involving symptoms of heart inflammation were reported Friday, compared with five on Thursday and seven Wednesday. Forty-six people are believed to have been infected since officials began keeping count last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1991 |
A sexually transmitted virus that causes genital warts and is suspected of increasing the risk of cervical cancer appears more widespread than previously thought, researchers reported last week. A study of 467 women who went to UC Berkeley's health clinic for routine gynecological exams found 46% of the women were infected with the the human papilloma virus, or HPV.
May 28, 2000 |
Computer experts and the FBI pursued yet another e-mail virus, this one using the guise of a woman's work resume to threaten computers. Unlike an earlier bug that claimed to be looking for love, the new threat was discovered Friday looking for a job. The virus--called "Killer Resume"--is spread through e-mail systems using the Microsoft Outlook program, FBI officials said. They refused to elaborate on the investigation.
December 25, 1993 |
Smallpox will live to see another year. Scientists in Atlanta and Moscow were scheduled to simultaneously destroy the world's last remaining smallpox virus on New Year's Eve. But the plan caused such a furor that history's deadliest disease has won a reprieve. "We don't know just what the next step will be," said Chuck Fallis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smallpox in 1977 became the only disease ever eradicated.
August 23, 1999 |
A potentially highly destructive computer virus set to hit Christmas Day has been found, but so far it has not spread widely. The virus, which carries the same destructive payload as the Chernobyl virus, could infect PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95, 98 and NT operating systems. Named Win32.Kriz.3862, the Grinch-like virus could cause a significant loss of data from a PC's hard disk drive and might make it impossible to start up or reboot the computer, said Network Associates Inc.
September 21, 2000 |
Israeli health authorities declared West Nile virus infection an epidemic, saying the mosquito-borne illness has killed 13 people in the nation this summer and infected thousands more. The virus has been in Israel for decades but had not been seen in the Western Hemisphere until last year, when it killed seven people in New York City. Israel is the first country to have declared such an epidemic since the virus spread to the United States.
July 13, 2004 |
Typically linked with the confined quarters of cruise ships or hotels, the norovirus may have vacationed in Yellowstone National Park last month. At least 132 park employees and guests reported symptoms consistent with the stomach bug from late May through July 4, park officials say. The illness, they say, probably spread from contact among contaminated people and objects, similar to when one child's cold infests an entire classroom.
August 13, 2003 |
A computer virus that takes advantage of weaknesses in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system spread rapidly around the world Tuesday as Internet security specialists raised their warning about the potential threat posed by the Blaster worm. Computer users large and small reported disruptions as Blaster spread to more than 100,000 computers worldwide since first being detected Monday morning, and national security officials feared copycats would appear in the next few days.